A new course aimed at helping fishing apprentices survive at sea is on offer through the Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School.
The Sea Fish Industry Authority Basic Sea Survival course is one of four basic mandatory courses required to work on any commercial fishing vessel ranging from small cobles to large trawlers.
This training must be undertaken before new entrants are assigned to any shipboard duties. The other three basic courses include:
l Basic Health & Safety for New Entrants
l Basic Fire Fighting & Prevention
l and Basic First Aid
Students attending the Sea Fish Basic Sea Survival course learn the principles of survival, abandoning ship, survival in the water and the use of survival equipment/survival craft during a maritime emergency.
Through its Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) accredited training centre in Whitby, Whitby Fishing Industry Training Centre offers these mandatory courses to new and existing fishermen.
If you wish to commence a career in the fishing industry, these basic courses are essential. Expertly trained and experienced instructors ensure that delegates receive personal attention and any areas of concern are addressed during their training, giving reassurance and increased confidence when involved in any potential emergency situation.
Business Development Manager Andrew Hodgson said: “The overall objective of this mandatory training is to give all students intending to go to sea a basic knowledge of sea survival techniques.
“An important part of the course is the practical session in the swimming pool.
“The students experience first-hand problems of entering a liferaft, assisting others while in full wet weather gear and wearing a lifejacket.
“We are delighted to be involved in delivering vital maritime safety training courses to the fishing industry.”
Research and experience have shown that when disaster strikes, most people panic but those who have been correctly trained to expect and cope with such risks show far greater survival rates than those who have not. For further course details, email info@whitbyfishing school.co.uk or call Whitby Fishing School on (01947) 825871.